Nenya by DMFW ()
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This is a bit of a departure for me. I wanted to experiment with some of the more complex Vue rendering options. The ring is built by me in Hexagon as is the glass in the background (which you can only see the base of) but the gem stone is the "Emerald" from the excellent http://www.3dlapidary.com/Home.htm.
I'd like to feature some more of their models in future renders.
The gemstone is an excuse to crank up the total internal reflections option. I am fairly happy with how it's come out but I suspect it is possible to do this better...
The writing inside the ring is my first experiment with displacement mapping which came out quite well I think. Other than that, the apple comes from zorglub in the free stuff libray here (thanks!) and the everything else is out of the box Vue materials and lighting.
Render settings were user custom, with compute physically accurate caustics, sub ray max trace of 4 and total internal reflections set to 12. All sub ray options were enabled but only soft shadows from the super sampling options. The atmospheric lighting model was simple global ambience. Object and texture antialiasing were both enabled.
Total render time was about 1 hour 50 minutes.
Image Comments (8)
Hendesse () 11:05AM | Sat, 14 July 2007
Looks fantastic. Excellent details, reflections and clarity!
DMFW () 11:21AM | Sat, 14 July 2007
@FightingWolf : I think Vue is pretty easy to learn, yes, although I had Bryce for a good few years before acquiring Vue and a lot of the concepts I learnt there transfered over. You can do a lot straight away without having to know too much but then when you want to delve and customise things the power is all there to do it. I like software packages that hide the complexity but have it there for you to explore as you develop your skills. The difference between Vue and Bryce (which I still like) is that Vue just has more functionality when you want to get into high end images or complex materials and I finally saved up enough to get myself a copy (I specifically wanted to play with eco systems which is one very powerful Vue technology Bryce doesn't have). The other difference is that Vue is more expensive! (although there are cheaper entry level versions with more limited functionality)
DMFW () 11:03AM | Sun, 15 July 2007
I have now realised why the gemstone looks more like a melted boiled sweet than a brilliantly cut diamond! It is due to some automatic smoothing Vue has applied to the imported model, which I wasn't aware of. Now I've found out how to turn this off I plan to try another gemstone in one of my next renders.